Title: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Author: Lena Dunham
Publishing Info: Random House, 2014
How I Got This Book: I purchased a copy and I may have a Kindle copy as well...
Thoughts: I did a midway review of this book back in November, over at Broke and Bookish. I was thoroughly enjoying the book at that time and just had to say something about it. The book was perfect for me at the time because it is a bunch of essays, which are pretty easy to get through time-wise and don't require a ton of concentration--important things when you are sitting up at the hospital with someone most days of the week. I finished yesterday because I was again up at the hospital with someone and wanted something easier than a novel to read.
I know that there is a ton of controversy swirling around this one with the rape and molestation essays. However, when I look at the book as a whole, I felt like I was talking with a good friend about stuff I would talk about with a friend. I love Dunham's conversational tone. She really opens up in her essays and I greatly appreciate her honesty. Plus she kind of puts a humorous spin on things that aren't really that humorous, which is something I totally do, so I appreciated that as well.
My favorite essays were her lists of what she learned from her mom and dad. Particularly the list of things from her mom. These two essays got me thinking about things I've learned from my parents, both the conventional and the unconventional things.
I also liked the parts where she talked about being fresh out of college, in her mid-20s, trying to figure out what in the hell she was doing with her life. I could relate to that 100,000,000%. Maybe even more. She said the things I would love to be say. She composed emails to people telling them off in her book. It was great. She was/is like me, but published.
The thing I liked the most about this book was that it made me feel not so alone, not so distraught, not so confused. Things will be OK eventually. It just takes time.
I still highly recommend this book.